Whilst the NFL Scouting Combine won't necessarily change the direct order in which players get taken in the upcoming NFL draft, it can certainly impact on teams' willingness to select or skip over certain players, with the same proving true in this year's combine.
For quarterbacks in particular—who teams might be looking to make the future face of a franchise—the combine is a huge chance to demonstrate their athleticism inside and outside of the pocket, but also give a complete picture of them as a footballer.
And with several quarterbacks rumored to be potential first-round picks this year, the pressure on the QBs in this year's combine was incredibly high.
Which quarterbacks excelled in Indianapolis and which didn't as much? Read on for a full power ranking of the best performances from QBs at the combine so far.
4. Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech
Cameron won't get picked up anywhere near the first few rounds of the draft, but the athleticism he displayed at the combine this year showed that he could be a useful backup pick for teams in the later rounds of the 2013 NFL draft.
The Lousiana Tech quarterback posted a quick 4.78 in his 40-yard dash time and notched up an impressive 30.5 inches in the vertical leap and 112.0 inches in the broad jump. His 6.98 in the three-cone drill also gave him the third quickest time of any quarterback in that drill.
Cameron certainly didn't hurt his draft chances in Indianapolis.
3. E.J. Manuel, Florida State
The same can pretty much be said also for E.J. Manuel, who chalked up some seriously quick and athletic numbers throughout the quarterback drills.
Manuel's 4.65 was second quickest from any quarterback at the combine, whilst his 34.0 and 118.0 inches in the vertical leap and broad jump respectively also showed that he can be a dynamic addition to any NFL team—especially as the league continues to get more and more athletic.
2. Matt Barkley, USC
Matt Barkley didn't run and he didn't jump at the combine, and yet the USC quarterback still emerged as one of the biggest winners from the entire week.
Having fallen from the No. 1 spot in the minds of many, Barkley's commanding presence in the press interviews and his ability to look every part like the leader-quarterback that teams are after made him a highly talked-about and highly lauded commodity in Indianapolis.
And that could well translate into some very high draft pedigree, if latest reports on the quarterbacks notoriety are correct.
1. Geno Smith, West Virginia
Yet there was no bigger winner at the quarterback position at the combine this year than that of Geno Smith, who confirmed just how good he can be this year.
Smith is a reputed passer of the ball who we know can post up some amazing numbers, but it was his athleticism that stole the show in Indianapolis—posting a blistering 4.59 in his 40-yard dash time, as well as 33.5 inches in the vertical leap and 124.0 inches in the broad jump.
No other quarterback posted up those kinds of numbers here, and Smith will enter as the top quarterback in the 2013 NFL draft as a result of that.
Which quarterbacks did you think starred at the 2013 NFL Combine?
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